President of the Islamic World Science Citation Center (ISC) Jafar Mehrad says Iran has ranked first in science production in the Middle East.
According to the statistics published by the Scopus bibliographic database, Iran published 19,559 articles from January to August 2012, Mehrad said in an interview with Mehr news agency on Wednesday.
He added that the figure has gained Iran the 16th place in the world in terms of science production.
Mehrad also stated that several developed and developing countries including Switzerland, Russia and Sweden stood after the Islamic Republic on the list.
The countries that precede Iran in the list include China, Britain, Germany and Japan.
According to the statistics published in the journal Nature, Iran ranked first in scientific growth in the world in 2011.
In 2000, the Islamic Republic ranked 53rd in the world in terms of highly cited medical articles, but the ranking improved to the 23rd in 2011.
According to the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI), Iranian researchers and scientists published a total of 60,979 scientific articles in major international journals from 1999 to 2008.